Pastor’s Mid-Year Address
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Family we have reached the midpoint in 2014. As we reflect on the first six months of 2014 let us thank, praise and worship God. We thank Him for what He has done, we praise Him for what He is doing and we worship Him for what He is going to do. We must remain watchful because the enemy seeks to delay and stop God’s “REBUILDING” at St. Paul.
Thanks For What He Has Done:
We Thank God because during the first half of 2014 He continues to bring “HEALING”, “FORGIVENESS” & “UNITY” into this house. As a result we have witnessed God’s provision of more willing workers in this part of his vineyard. God has provided passionate individuals with a variety of talents and gifts for the work of the ministry. Additionally, God has blessed us because the St. Paul is debt free. We have witnessed God’s favor toward us in that anonymous donors have paid off the mortgage on the elevator, purchased a freezer for the culinary ministry and amplifier for the communications ministry. These financial blessings have allowed us to expedite our search for a new van to help us “Spread a Passion for The Supremacy of God in All Things for the Joy of All People through Jesus Christ Our Lord”.
Praise For What He Is Doing:
We praise God because He is guiding maturing us in ministry at the sanctuary. As we . . .“grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” . . . (2 Peter 3:18) we witness God “Unifying” the Master Planning Committee members as they move toward the completion of our “Vision Booklet” for the church. The Master Planning Committee is developing the spiritual dynamic, fresh initiatives, and values that will provide the principles supporting the vision. People are come out of their comfort zones; striving for higher heights and deeper depths in Christ. We also witness members reaching out to share Jesus Christ outside of the sanctuary at the homeless shelter and soldier’s home in Vineland. These are important steps into the community as we begin to “Spread a Passion for The Supremacy of God in All Things for the Joy of All People through Jesus Christ Our Lord”. Additionally, we witness the start of the Youth Sunday School (June 29th). The instructors (past and present) have come together in UNITY to help guide our youth in the precepts of God. Finally, God continues to present new uses for our website www.spmbcvnj.org that allows us to communicate in the present age.
Worship For What He Is Getting Ready To Do:
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19). We must . . . [forget] those things which are behind, and [reach] forth unto those things which are before; [We] press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14). As we press toward the mark we do it with a Christ Centered Focus that everything that we do will be infused with the Spirit of God. We pray that God would “. . . be attentive to the prayer of thy servant and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy . . .” (Nehemiah 1:11). Our prayer is that all our thoughts, actions and conversation with be Christ centered and infused with His Spirit. Therefore, we worship God, in advance, for the success of St. Paul’s first “Feeding Vineland Summer Outreach Ministry” starting the week of July 7th. We also worship God for the first Vacation Bible School since 2011 at St. Paul starting August 11th – 15th. Additionally, we look unto God with an earnest expectation and joy as the Master Planning Committees move to completion of the St. Paul Vision Booklet. The Vision Booklet will provide guiding principles on how we will “Spread a Passion for The Supremacy of God in All Things for the Joy of All People through Jesus Christ Our Lord”.
We must not become complacent in our efforts to receiving our “Healing” to offer “Forgiveness” to “Unite” with members of the body of Christ and in the “Rebuilding” of our spiritual walls. The enemy has attacked in the form of discord among the brethren (includes sisters); however, God provides reconciliation. The enemy has attacked through illness; however, “we must remain stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1st Corinthians 15:58)”. We must have Christ Centered lives because the enemy wants to keep us divided and fighting versus Unified and Rebuilding.
We will continue to keep you updated in 2014. Stay Prayerful
Pastor Darwin Ransom
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